November 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eifert (80) misses catching a pass against the defense of Southern California Trojans safetyJosh Shaw
(26)during the second half at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Instead of vying for one of the top safeties at pick No. 21, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Tyler Eifert. So what does that mean?
It simply means that the Bengals decided none of the safeties available were worthy of their middle pick, once Kenny Vaccaro of Texas was selected by the New Orleans Saints. Therefore, Cincinnati did the next best thing in selecting the value pick at that time.
And so the former Notre Dame TE finds himself in Bengals stripes as he prepares for 2013, and here’s why we should look forward to that fact.
Eifert played a crucial role in Notre Dame’s BCS Championship berth last year, even though they loss badly to Alabama.
The TE brings with him a 6 foot, 6 inch frame, and his size led him to be targeted in the end zone nine more times than any other ND receiver, according to ESPN Stats & Information.